“Thousands of people paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against after a ceremony for the former North Vietnam prisoner of war who represented Arizona for decades,” the message says.
During the service, Governor Doug Ducey remembered McCain as an “internationally known figure and “Arizona’s favorite adopted son”.
Later, the rotunda was opened for those who wanted to pay tribute to the Senator. When the service was over, a queue with more than thousands of people showed up near the building.
“On Thursday morning, a procession through Phoenix will bring the casket to a memorial service at a Baptist church, with the public invited to line the route along a highway. Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak,” the news agency reads.
McCain passed away on Saturday, August 25 surrounded by his family. He was at the age of 81.